An Idea: a cafe to learn, to have fun with the family, and, of course, to just relax with the laptop.
Started as a glimmer of a thought around 2011, just after finishing a Masters in Counseling, as Lighthouse Cafe, a regular cafe with up to three conference rooms available for rent, Bible study groups, and church meetings while offering an opportunity for homeless families to work (see also www.dirtnnails.org).
In 2014, an in-law introduced me to Star Citizen. At the time I did not think anything of it. “Oh, a new video game.”
2015 was a wild ride. I got back into school for a Masters in Divinity, started the adoption of baby Freya, and, yes, invested in Star Citizen.
It was also the year I figured out I was not that great of a father. Things needed to change.
This idea is grown off of the Longhaul Preacher podcast and the general principles of Dirt ‘N’ Nails Farms: To teach people how to take care of their computers and equipment, give families a place to hang out in a wholesome atmosphere, and be a hangout for online organizations, clubs, fleets etc. in friendship and friendly competition.
“Fleet” Gamer Room – “Bridge” theme with up to two connected outer flight simulator pods, semi-professional. Usable for sports and MMO games.
“Squadron” Gamer Room – More like a hallway with smaller flight simulator pods, including at least one professional simulator for pilots to train.
Conference/Convention Room – A bit of a misnomer since it won’t serve more than 30 at a time, smaller than the main floor. General purpose room.
Option: Rental computers available (considering keyboards and mice provided by renter).
Engineering/Podcasting – Half the size of the Sound/Stage room. Direct connections to the Conference Room as well.
Sound/Stage Room – Green Screen room with instrument and microphone ports.
Direct doors to the Conference Room as well as instrument and microphone connections.
Limited parts sales.
Tutorials on computer building, upgrades, and repairs.
Limited professional PC and network installation and repair services.
Open floor to any who want to teach repair of pretty much anything.
Coffee shop w/ snacks served – Possible upgrade to experimental kitchen later.
Floor split into three parts: Tutorial/General, Internet/Gaming, and “Family” with a sizable play area for 6 and under.